We all know what a great city Chicago is. Each neighborhood is like a different city within a city, from edginess of Edgewater to the beautiful homes of Near North. And sure, there are some parts of the city like Lincoln Park and Hyde Park that are fit for a dog, but when it comes to the best places for pets to live, you may do better moving to one of Chicago’s suburbs. So today we took the four-legged work out of it for you and dug up the 10 most pet friendly Chicago suburbs by looking at the number of pet stores, vets, pet services, and parks per capita in each suburb.

1. Frankfort

These Are The 10 Most Pet Friendly Chicago Suburbs
Source: Chew on This Dog Barkery via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Pet stores: 4
  • Vets: 12
  • Pet services: 12
  • Parks: 9
Frankfort is known as the “Jewel of the South Suburbs,” and we think Fido would agree. There are punny pet stores and groomers like Chew on This Dog Barkery, A Paw-Fect Cut, and Hair of the Dog Spa & Boutique. There are several highly rated vets like the Frankfort Animal Care Center. And perhaps best of all, especially for dogs, are the nine different parks dotted around the community. Head to Old Plank Road Trail for a visit and you and your pup will probably want to pack up and move here.

2. Crete

These Are The 10 Most Pet Friendly Chicago Suburbs
Source: CEF Pets via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Pet stores: 2
  • Vets: 3
  • Pet services: 7
  • Parks: 4
Crete may not have as many pet amenities in total, but remember, this village has fewer than 9,000 residents. You’ll love Crete for its small town charm, its excellent schools, recreational opportunities, and low crime rate. Your pets will love this place for its pet stores, parks, and nature preserves. Plus, all the vets and groomers will keep your pet happy and healthy.

3. Barrington

These Are The 10 Most Pet Friendly Chicago Suburbs
Source: Cody & Carl’s Blvd. via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Pet stores: 3
  • Pet services: 11
  • Parks: 5
With parks like the Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve, Baker’s Lake Nature Preserve, and Langendorf Park, Barrington is easily one of the best places outside of Chicago for any lover of nature, including your dog. Of course there are some pets who can’t exactly enjoy the parks (we’re sorry, goldfish), but they certainly will benefit from the pet stores and services in the area. Rick’s Pet Shop, for example, is a local gem—especially for your more health-conscious pets.

4. Lake Bluff

These Are The 10 Most Pet Friendly Chicago Suburbs
Source: Yuppy Puppy via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Vets: 4
  • Parks: 4
With four parks in the area, Lake Bluff has the most parks per capita outside of Chicago. But it’s not just the quantity that counts here, it’s the quality—and if your dog loves the beach, Sunrise Beach is quality all the way. Note: Your dog will need a Lake Bluff Park District tag on his/her collar before beach frollicking can ensue, which will mean he’ll need all of his vaccinations and what not. No big deal, though—Lake Bluff has the second most vets per capita.

5. Wilmette

These Are The 10 Most Pet Friendly Chicago Suburbs
Source: Wilmette Pet Center via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Pet stores: 4
  • Vets: 9
  • Parks: 12
You know what’s even better than a good, quality pet store? A good, quality pet store with a clever name. Like the Laundrymutt or Pawsitive Petcare. And even though Terry Animal Hospital and Wilmette Pet Center LLC aren’t exactly punny names, they are highly rated businesses that will take excellent care of your furry family members.

6. Mokena

These Are The 10 Most Pet Friendly Chicago Suburbs
Source: Mokena Animal Clinic, Ltd.

Key Stats:

  • Pet stores: 4
  • Pet services: 12
If you happen to be a young professional and a pet owner, Mokena might be the perfect suburb for you. It’s a rare blend of high salary, low cost of living, and of course, more options to pamper your pet than most places in the area. And sure, there aren’t as many parks in Mokena as in, say, Elmhurst, but with businesses like Puppy Love Boutique, Pampered Pups Salon, and of course, the giant PetSmart on Wolf Rd., who needs nature?

7. Countryside

These Are The 10 Most Pet Friendly Chicago Suburbs
Source: Countryside Veterinary Center via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Pet stores: 1
  • Vets: 2
  • Pet services: 5
It may not seem like Countryside should make our list, with just one pet store, two vets, and a whopping five pet services, but remember, Countryside has just about 6,000 residents. Per capita, that’s a lot. And it’s not like your dog is going to fuss about a lack of variety, especially with places like Barkin’ Boutique, Designer Dogs, and the Countryside Veterinary Center.

7. Lemont

These Are The 10 Most Pet Friendly Chicago Suburbs
Source: All Paws Pantry via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Vets: 6
  • Pet services: 9
When it comes to keeping your pet healthy, it’s hard to beat Lemont. This beautiful little village is packed full of veterinary offices like State Street Animal Hospital, Archer Veterinary Clinic, and the Animal Care Center, just to name a few. It’s also not a bad place to keep your pet happy, with nine pet services, ranging from groomers to pet sitters. There’s even Ludwig’s Feed Store for those of you with horses, chickens, pigs, goats… they basically cover everyone here.

9. Monee

These Are The 10 Most Pet Friendly Chicago Suburbs
Source: Animal Wellness Center of Monee via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Pet stores: 2
  • Vets: 2
Monee may just have two pet stores, but with its population of just over 5,000, it’s the most per capita in the area. There’s also the highly rated Animal Wellness Center of Monee. Seriously, if you need a reason to bring your pet to this little community, just read the reviews of this business. If you need a reason to bring yourself to this community, it ranked as the most affordable on our list of affordable Chicago suburbs.

10. Itasca

These Are The 10 Most Pet Friendly Chicago Suburbs
Source: Two Paws Up via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Pet stores: 1
  • Vets: 2
  • Pet services: 5
Itasca is known as a wonderful community to raise your family outside of Chicago. It’s charming, there are events and festivals year-round, a library, and a nature center. It really is everything you and your kids could want. And that includes your four-legged kids, as well. Even though it’s a small community, Itasca manages to squeeze in several groomers, sitters, and walkers, a pet store, and two vets.

Hot Dog, Chicago

Yes, we know Chicago is probably better known for its hot dogs than a hot place to have a dog, but we hope that after reading this list, you’ll see it a bit differently. From pet stores to dog parks, these 10 Chicago ‘burbs are the perfect places to have a pet.

Our Methodology

This is where we’ll go into that number crunching we mentioned earlier. Just like any of our other Big Deal Lists here at Movoto, when making this one we relied strictly on facts and figures. We started by gathering up all of the places outside of Chicago with populations of 5,000 people or more. Then we looked at each place in terms of these pet friendly criteria:
  • Pet stores per capita
  • Vets per capita
  • Pet services per capita (dog walkers, pet boarding and sitting, pet groomers, and pet training)
  • Parks per capita
We eliminated any places that had no pet friendly listings, which left us with a grand total of 104 suburbs. We ranked them all with scores from one to 104 in the above criteria, and then averaged each of these scores into an overall Big Deal Score for each place. The 10 lowest scores went our 10 winners. If you’d like to see some more pet friendly places near Chicago, check out the table below. If you and Scout are simply set on settling down someplace already, just get in touch. We’ll find you a new home, doggy door and all. Most Pet Friendly Chicago Suburbs Are you a pet owner in Chicago? Tell us about your favorite place to hang out with your pet in the comments below!